SWAK Featured in Designs in Machine Embroidery Magazine!

by Kris on June 30, 2009

I waited with baited breath for the mail to come all week long. Bills….ugg. Junk mail…of course.

And then it came.


How fun was it to find the Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine in my mailbox! I knew it was coming, but boy it sure felt like Christmas when it arrived! Why is that? Because our very own Kim Christopherson wrote a fabulous how-to article on making pillows with your embroidery designs. 10 different pillows were featured and 2 of them were from SWAKembroidery.com! If you are not a subscriber to this magazine, this is an issue you’ll want to pick up! Every issue is just filled with so many wonderful and creative ideas and techniques to improve your embroidery. This issue was of no exception.

Here are a few shots from the magazine!


On this 1st pillow, she featured the 8-Petal Flower Applique from SWAK. I’ve used this applique myself on my daughter’s t-shirt and I absolutely love it because the download includes 2 different versions, each in 3 different sizes. One version is digitized so that all the petals can be done in one color which makes this real quick to come together. But if you’re like me and love to mix and match fabrics, then a 2nd version is also included in which each petal is done separately. Yes, it does take a little longer, but the results are fabulous!


In the article, Kim takes you step by step in creating this darling pillow in which you can add just about any design to the front!


And finally, she ends the article with showing the same exact techniques used on a different pillow, but this time it is placed horizontally. Isn’t the robin silhouette beautiful? What a great look.


Nice job, Kimmers!


1 Cindy Smith 06.30.09 at 6:43 am

Way to go Kim and Kris!! I’m so happy for you both.

2 Courtney @ Sister To Sister 06.30.09 at 8:33 am

I just LOVE how it turned out!!!! Great job! I am especially impressed with it knowing how much time you had for it! :)

I am going to JoAnn’s TODAY to see if they have any!!!

3 Jen 06.30.09 at 9:17 am

Can you please tell me the volume number on the magazine? I would like to get it because of the step by step instructions – I totally need a visual and I think this would help me A LOT! But the only one I can find (at least online) has cupcakes on the front cover. Not pillows. I’m wondering if this is the next issue to come out.

Any help you can give me would be appreciated!


4 Lorie Fuller 06.30.09 at 7:07 pm

Wahoooo! Gotta go get it NOW! Congrats, Kim–it looks gorgeous!

5 Heather Roe 07.01.09 at 9:54 am

Sounds like a promotion for the designs listed is in order (chuckle)! I’ve got my eye on that robin. It feeds my bird fetish!

6 Sherrie Tucker 07.01.09 at 3:49 pm


7 Enis 07.04.09 at 7:00 pm

I just got my issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery and was totally thrilled with the pillow projects. It was exciting to see the different ideas each artist came up with and I loved the Flower Power project and its sister project with the wonderful bird design. I’m just joining the “youcanmakethis.com” family and am having a wonderful time. Great job on Flower Power and wonderful wet site!

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